Before Middle and High School journalism students write their first news, feature, sports story or editorial...
Before Middle and High School journalism students even write a lead...
Before Middle and High School journalism students compose that mind-catching headline, they need to understand what they need to know to compose an effective news story.
The 6 Primary Points of Journalism Stories form the foundation of any journalism piece and are the bait that hooks readers. They are
Location –where the story takes place
Timeliness - the relevance of the story to its publication date
Notable People/Places – the people/place(s) that make the story newsworthy
Conflict - the issues that make the story newsworthy
Extraordinary Elements – the details that make the story Front Page worthy
Arouses Emotions - the details that hook people into reading the story
No matter how powerful, how evocative a story might be, though, readers will ignore it if the newspaper editorial staff didn't pay attention to what their readers want. The how and why newspaper editors choose the stories that they print along with the 6 Primary Points of Journalism Stories create a winning newspaper that keeps people reading and asking, "More, please".
This 6-page activity for Middle and High School journalism students, "Journalism - Analyzing Front Page Stories" speaks to both of these concerns.It is essential for beginning journalism students and it also makes an excellent reinforcement lesson for advanced journalism students.
Students will use the Front Pages section found on the Newseum site Newseum Today’s Front Pages
to choose Front Pages of newspapers from around the United States to analyze.
This activity encourages students to explore what stories newspapers choose for the Front Page and why. Also, students will develop their analytic and critical thinking skills which are essential in both print and broadcast journalism.
For more Journalism lessons and activities, check out
Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles Worksheets
Journalism Whole Course Year Overview and Lesson Ideas
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